Fairy Keeper by Amy Bearce
Book 1 in the World of Aluvia series
Published: March 5th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.
Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.
The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.
Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail. There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.
“Why the fairies stayed with her, she didn’t know, since they seemed to hate being stuck with her as much as she hated being stuck with them.”
I discovered Bearce in my August Lit-Cube subscription box, and she was a great find! We received the second book in the series Mer-Charmer, and of course I had to read the first book before I can dive into it! I am so glad that I did! Although, if you wanted the author says you can read each book as a stand alone, so it doesn’t matter which order you read them in. I kind of like series that don’t have to be read in order, what about you?
“Cages came in many forms.”
This book had a little bit of everything for everyone; action, adventure, new friendships, and magical creatures. This was written for mainly younger audiences, but I fairly enjoyed it. Starting out this book had a very dark tone, there was some light abuse and bullying. Sierra and Phoebe have had a rough life. They have to take care of their house, cooking, cleaning, and Sierra has to make sure their is enough nectar for their father. When Jack (their father) gives Phoebe away to a neighboring gang after all the fairies dies or disappears, Sierra starts on a journey with her nemesis and best friend in order to save her sister.
“Sierra winced at the mention of alchemists. Once again, her life as Jack’s daughter slapped her in the face.”
Sierra, Corbin, and Nell had a very interesting dynamic. In the beginning it seemed as if there was going to be a love triangle, but thankfully it never happened! There was so much tension and jealousy, that for a portion of the book that was what drove the plot. Good thing it didn’t last long, or the book would have started to drag.
“Sierra wrapped her arms around her sister, then turned to face the amazing person she had slipped into caring for, her friend and her maybe-someday dream.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, and geared more towards the younger side of young adult. Although Sierra was 14, she didn’t act like a 14-year-old so sometimes I forgot that she was so young. If you enjoy fantasy books with a slight romantical plot then definitely check out this book!